by Heather Rankin

Every few weeks we feature two special bottles from the cellar and pour them by-the-glass. Here’s what’s currently open!

15 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre. Sancerre, Loire, France (100% Sauvignon Blanc) Sauvignon Blanc was born in France’s Loire Valley. And some would say that Sancerre is the benchmark style for the varietal. The Reverdy family has been making wine in the village of Verdigny since the 1500s. Michel Reverdy now farms the 14 hectares of vineyard and crafts the wines himself. The grapes are grown on 30 year old vines in Kimmeridgian Limestone soil comprised of ancient seashells deposited by seas which once covered the area. The vineyards are sustainably farmed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 2-3 months with battonage. A lively nose of chamomile tea, lemon, gravel and fresh herb. The palate is rich with lemon, chalk and peach flavours, bracing acidity and a dry finish.

12 Allegrini La Grola. Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy (90% Corvina, 10% Oseleta) Allegrini has been in Valpolicella since the 1500s. They are amoung a handful of top producers making independent, terroir-focused wines outside of the strict, often limiting Valpolicella DOC laws. Their La Grola vineyard is located in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella – a south-easterly facing majestic hill thought to be the very origins of the Corvina grape. This wine shows great character and complexity with fruity drinkability from Corvina and deep intensity from Oseleta. Aged 16 mos in oak, and another 10 mos in bottle. A dark wild berry-floral nose with blood orange, fig and espresso. The palate is medium-full and balanced with concentrated, juicy sour cherry notes, fresh herb and a pleasing bitterness. Tannins are soft and integrated.